How to maximise website uptime?

Ensuring your website is up and running is an important yet difficult task. A website that goes down can result in lost sales, damage to your brand reputation, and frustration for your customers. Yet even the largest internet companies such as Google and Microsoft have experienced global outages, so what can you do to maximise your website’s uptime?

What you can do

Firstly, it is important to know that no website will ever have complete 100% uptime, but a quick response when your website does go down is a crucial step to ensure maximum uptime. This is why LocalTeam Australia created the service Check12, a website monitoring software that can track your website’s uptime and notify you when your website is too slow or crashes.

The first step in ensuring that your website remains up and running is to choose a reliable web hosting provider. When selecting a web hosting provider, look for one that has a proven track record of uptime and that offers a reliable and robust hosting infrastructure. If you’re looking for a reliable host LocalTeam Australia offers reliable and speedy hosting, with our sites achieving a >99% uptime.

Secondly, a Content Delivery Network (CDN) can drastically improve uptime and speeds globally. A CDN is a network of servers located in different parts of the world that work together to deliver content to users. Implementing a CDN can significantly reduce the load on your server and help to ensure that your website remains available to users, even during periods of high traffic while improving your website’s load time globally, which can help to improve your search engine rankings.

Thirdly, it is important for your web host to regularly update your website’s software, including the content management system (CMS), plugins, and themes. As regular updates ensure that your website remains secure and stable. Outdated software can be vulnerable to attacks and may cause your website to crash. Regular updates ensure that your website remains secure and may fix any bugs that could be causing performance issues.

Another important way to maximise the availability of your website is through regular backups. Regular backups of your website are essential to ensure that you can quickly recover in the event of a crash or other disaster such as a malfunctioning update. Regularly test your backups to ensure that they are working correctly and can be restored in the event of an emergency. It is also important that if your website does go down, you have a disaster recovery plan in place to help you get back up and running as quickly as possible. Your disaster recovery plan should include steps for restoring your website from backups, identifying, and resolving the cause of the outage, and communicating with your customers about the issue.

Performance is also another important metric worth considering. A delay of 0.5 seconds can decrease users by 7%, and lower your website’s rankings on search engines, while a delay of 10 seconds may prevent 95% of users from viewing your website entirely. A very slow website may have the same effect on your customers as a website that is down would have. That is why regular monitoring of your website’s analytics can help you identify trends and patterns in your website’s traffic and help you to make changes as necessary to improve your website’s performance.

How LocalTeam Australia can help

At LocalTeam Australia we are determined to offer the most reliable and speedy hosting we can at the best value possible. At no extra charge, we update all of our client’s websites twice per month to ensure the sites are performing reliably. We also take pride in performing regular daily backups, so that we can quickly respond to any unexpected issues. LocalTeam Australia can also help clients that require the extra reliability and speed of a CDN, with servers in over 5 continents to minimise the chance of any downtime. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at (07) 4599 7300 or if you need a hosting solution or would like to find out more.

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